The 14th March saw the release of IE9, Microsoft’s latest offering in the much publicised battle of the browsers, and by all accounts they have created one of their best browsers to date. However, IE9’s success was short lived as the 22nd March saw the release of Firefox 4 which promptly left dust in the eyes of IE9 by scooping well over double the amount of downloads on its first day.
After being quashed in the downloads race, IE9 suffered further bad press after the reports emerged that some early adopters were suffering problems with Google Maps embedded into sites, however now this glitch seems to have been ironed out.
However, regardless of the overwhelming success of Firefox 4, Mozilla has slowly been losing their market share. The decrease in Firefox users can almost wholly be contributed to the growing use of Chrome, which has shot from a 1% share to 10%.
IE9 is a much celebrated step forward for Microsoft, although unfortunately it seems they have fallen so far behind their competitors they will continue to play catch up for a while. Bring on Chrome 11 and let the battle continue we say.